2019 Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival

The 59th Annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival is fun for the whole family, featuring local chef demonstrations, artichoke inspired delicious food, a Kids Zone, musical entertainment, AgroArt, and a Wine, Beer, and Spirits Garden! Join us June 2 – 3, 2018 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, California.

Hours:Sat. 10am – 6pm and Sun. 10am – 5pm

Admission:$15 Adults / $10 Active Military and & Seniors (62+) and Children (6-12) Children 5 and under FREE

Advance tickets available HERE or at the door.

Artichokes: A Peninsula Legacy

For 59 years, the Monterey Peninsula has come together to celebrate California’s official state vegetable. California’s artichoke history began in 1922 when the first artichoke shoots were planted in the Castroville. Today, more than nine decades later, nearly 100 percent of America’s fresh artichoke supply comes from California and nearly two-thirds of that is still grown in Castroville. The annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival started in 1959 as a way to celebrate the iconic artichoke and the region known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” Over the years, the festival became the primary source of funding for local 501(c)(3) non-profit groups that depend upon a successful event for their viability. Norma Jean Mortenson, better known as Marilyn Monroe, was named California’s first honorary Artichoke Queen in 1948. Since then, the annual festival has continued to grow, appealing to visitors from Castroville, Salinas, Monterey, San Francisco and other cities and states. Castroville-based Ocean Mist Farms, a 93 year old family farm, is the largest artichoke grower in the U.S. and a long-time supporter of the festival.

The following items are prohibited at the festival:

  • Weapons
  • Drugs, Cannabis, or Outside Alcohol
  • Cans, Bottles, or Glass Containers
  • Drugs or Outside Alcohol
  • Ice Chests or Coolers
  • Pets (except for service animals)
  • Bikes, Skates, Scooters, or Skateboards on festival ground
  • Unauthorized Vendors
  • Outside Food or Drinks
  • Weapons
  • Drugs, Cannabis, or Outside Alcohol
  • Cans, Bottles, or Glass Containers
  • Drugs or Outside Alcohol
  • Ice Chests or Coolers
  • Pets (except for service animals)
  • Bikes, Skates, Scooters, or Skateboards on festival ground
  • Unauthorized Vendors
  • Outside Food or Drinks